The truth about inquiries on your credit report

Real Estate Agent with Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo.

This post originally posted by         is well worth repeating.   It dismisses all the myths surrounding credit inquires and the effect they have, usually NONE OR LITTLE, on your credit score!   Well worth reading!   

Original content by Joe Metzler NMLS 274132

The truth about inquiries on your credit report (it isn't what you think).

Minneapolis, MN: As a Licensed Mortgage Loan Officer, I pull and review thousands of credit reports every year. The confusion from the general public about what inquiries are, and how they effect your credit is overwhelming.

The quick thing to know? 

For 99% of people 99% of the time, you should NEVER ever worry or be concerned about a lender reviewing your credit, or generating an inquiry.

There, I said it.  Stop worrying!

Historically,  the presence of inquiries on a credit report has only a small impact on credit scores, if any impact at all. Scores, carrying much less importance than late payments, the amount owed, and the length of time a person has used credit.


So does your scores really drop if you apply for new credit?  The answer isn't really as simple as yes or no. First of all, if it does, they probably won’t drop much. Then, where did you start from.  Someone with an 830 score to start will probably not move with one inquiry, while someone who started with a 540 is more likely to move.

If you apply for several credit cards within a short period of time, multiple requests for your credit report information (“inquiries”) will appear on your report. Looking for new credit can indicate higher risk to a lender, but your scores are not affected by multiple inquiries from auto, mortgage or student loan lenders within a short period of time. Typically, these are treated as a single inquiry and tend to have little impact on your score.


For most people, an inquiry has a 5-point or less TEMPORARY impact, if any at all. The impact of any inquiry essentially falls off after 90-days, almost like it never happened.  Maximum effect of inquiries is 10% of your score - but again, only short-term!


Hard inquiries, which are those generated by you applying for credit, are the only inquires that may matter. Many types of inquiries are ignored completely. They do not count inquiries when you order your own credit report or credit score.  It also doesn't count inquiries a lender has made for your credit report or score in order to make you a “pre-approved” credit offer, or to review your account with them, even though you may see these inquiries on your credit report. Inquiries that are marked as coming from employers or insurers are not counted either.


Scoring models largely use specialized logic that accounts for rate shopping for student, auto and mortgage loans. In general, student loans, car loans and mortgage loan inquiries that occur 30 days prior to a new inquiry for the same type of credit have little or no effect at all on scores.

Think about it, if you were to shop for home loan, you generally call a few lenders the same day, or over just a few days. So those loan inquiries would be counted as just one inquiry, and have no additional effect on your score.

So don't worry, it is OK to let me pull credit if you applied with another mortgage company last week. So if you are going to shop, do it all within a 30-day window.

TIP: Many creditors falsely "warn" you about inquiries as a tool to keep you from shopping with the competition.


Credit scoring isn't that complicated.  You really only have to do two things to maintain good credit. Pay your bills on time, and keep credit card balances as low as possible.  To really rock your credit, add these extra tips; don't close old credit card accounts (length of credit history matters), for example, I have a Sears account open since the late 1980's (that I never use). Have a mix of credit, like mortgage loan, car loan, couple of credit cards (but don't get a car loan just for some mix). Finally, don't have too many inquiries in the 90-day window prior to applying for new credit.


Joe Metzler is a Senior Mortgage Loan Officer for Minnesota based Mortgages Unlimited. He was named the 2014 Minnesota Loan Officer of the Year, and Top 300 Loan Officers in the Nation for 2010, 2015, 2016.  To finance with Mortgages Unlimited, your local preferred mortgage lender for Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota, simply call  (651) 552-3681, or APPLY ONLINENMLS 274132. Equal Hosuing Lender.


Comments (7)

Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer

Bill, this was a really good choice for a reblog. Important information to share. 

Jan 15, 2018 06:22 PM
Bill Dean
Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

Thanks for stopping by Joyce


Jan 15, 2018 08:33 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bill. This is an excellent choice for a re-blog. Everyone wonders about this.

Jan 16, 2018 06:56 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bill on the other hand if you are on the border between A or B credit and are about to buy a house and your mortgage could be effected by it.... I wonder what our trusted lender George Souto has to say, Endre

Jan 24, 2018 03:40 PM
George Souto

Endre, John is correct in the minimal impact a credit pull has, and no impact if the credit pull is done within 14 days of the first credit pull.  However, Fannie Mae has Loan Level price adjustments at every 20 point increment up until 740.  So if a Borrower has a credit score of lets say 741, 721, 701, 691 and so on, I would advice against re-pulling credit unless it absolutely needed to be done because the scores could drop into the next price level and cost the borrower extra point.  But outside of that I would not hesitate to re-pull credit. 

Jan 25, 2018 03:41 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Feb 06, 2018 12:45 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Bill, this is great information from Joseph as well as George Souto, comment 4.

Feb 09, 2018 08:28 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

They always say to live a little below your means and save a little above it and you’ll never have a problem. Pretty good advice. :)

Feb 10, 2018 10:30 PM